About the Author: Todd D. Calongne serves as Public Affairs Officer for the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Civilian Response Corps, a group of civil federal employees who are trained to deploy to areas of crisis to provide prevention, reconstruction, and stabilization assistance, has reached 1,000 members at its two-year anniversary mark. The Corps is the only expeditionary interagency civilian force in the U.S. Government dedicated to conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
"The Civilian Response Corps puts smart power into action every day," Secretary Clinton stated in a video address to Corps members attending a Civilian Responders' Workshop. "Your efforts help reduce conflict and prevent weak and failing states from becoming havens for terrorists. In just two years, your ranks have grown to over 1,000 civilian responders -- you, in effect, have become an army of peacebuilders."
This important milestone was less than two years after the Corps was authorized by Congress in October 2008.
Please view the video above to hear more of Secretary Clinton's remarks at the Civilian Responders' Workshop. For additional information on S/CRS and the Civilian Response Corps visit www.state.gov/s/crs.